environmental warfare

environmental warfare - Michael Penna December 2008 11...

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Michael Penna 11 December 2008 Environmental warfare is defined as the employment of military power against the landscape, hydrosphere, or atmosphere to achieve a political and or military objective. This kind of warfare has been occurring since ancient warfare. Roman legionnaires sowed the ground with salt after defeating Carthage. “Scorched earth” policies essentially wiped out everything that an enemy force encountered when on its opponent’s land. Except in extreme circumstances, I don’t believe that the environment is a legitimate target in warfare. One reason is that, in the long run, attacking the environment hurts more civilians than it does combatants in the short term. For example, during the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein attacked the environment by dumping millions of barrels of crude oil into the Persian Gulf. This attack proved to be a major environmental disaster for the entire region. The oil could flow into the Indian Ocean, thus poisoning fish populations. As a consequence, malnourishment could result, especially in Asian and African countries that greatly depend on Indian Ocean fisheries for nutrition. This scenario is one way how in the
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